The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, has chosen Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif, and Stephanie Martinez as winners of its fifth annual Choreographers of Color Award.
Conflicts with the professional ballet company commitments of dancers cast in the new Starz drama Flesh and Bone is one of the reason the pay cable network has decided to air it as an eight-episode limited series, reported Deadline Hollywood.
Ballet Magnificat! is partnering with its home city of Jackson, Mississippi, and The Salvation Army to create an original holiday show that will be performed, free of charge, as a “thank you” for the community’s 28 years of supporting the ballet.
Choreographer Joshua Bergasse, an Emmy Award winner for his work on Smash, makes his Broadway debut this season with the Broadway classic On the Town, a feat of storytelling in song and dance that is rarely seen on the modern Broadway stage.
For Rachel Maher, an 11-year Pennsylvania Ballet veteran, the choreography, costume changes, and intense action of the season-opening program “Press Play” were a little taxing at times. Maher is expecting her first child at the end of March.
A site that for years has housed Oregon Ballet Theatre’s dance studio and school is set to become part of the latest building craze in Portland: apartments.
A jury has ruled against a ballet dancer with a bad hip who sued Oklahoma City over his arrest in a park where he was exercising in high heels with his cane, according to The Oklahoman.
The Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine has had many troubles over the past 20 years, including a three-year theater renovation that forced them into a 1991 U.S. tour that fell apart as the USSR dissolved.
One of the great ballet pairings of recent years—David Hallberg and Natalia Osipova—will be reunited in New York City this spring during American Ballet Theatre’s season at the Metropolitan Opera House, reports the New York Times ArtsBeat.
Tickets for Grand Rapids Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker, designed by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express, and Tony Award-winning designer Eugene Lee, are now on sale.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with a run at The Joyce Theater from November 18 to 30.
Through financial woes, the death of her husband, and leadership turnovers, Laurie Picinich-Byrd kept The Florida Ballet going as a Jacksonville arts institution for 35 years. The Florida Times-Union reported that Picinich-Byrd died last Wednesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 67.
“Does the dance world need another competition?” writes Judith Mackrell in the Guardian.
Prior to continuing the tradition of transferring Mother Ginger’s towering white wig to a Pelham, Alabama, government official who will act in the Alabama Youth Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker, city councilman Ron Scott provided some sound advice.
“Binge-watching television is kid’s stuff compared to gorging at the online smorgasbord known as World Ballet Day. For once, saying ‘I could watch ballet all day’ was literally true. And I have the eye-drops to prove it,” wrote Pia Catton in the Wall Street Journal.
JR, the semi-anonymous photographer who recently completed an artistic installation of large-scale photos of New York City Ballet dancers, has done it again: by scaling the rooftops of Paris’ Palais Garnier opera house with 40 ballet dancers, the artist and creator of the viral Inside Out Project has come up with yet another set of stunning images.
One of the most European forms of dance is tackling Canada’s fraught colonial history this week as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet premieres Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation, a ballet that discusses abuses, such as sexual abuse and violence, suffered by aboriginal children in residential schools.
San Francisco Ballet School has announced a new pilot program offering adult ballet classes to be taught by former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Ruben Martin Cintas.
Three American Ballet Theatre principal dancers—Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, and Xiomara Reyes—will retire this spring near the end of ABT’s 2015 season at the Metropolitan Opera House, according to the New York Times’ ArtsBeat.
Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, the pre-professional performance company of the Joffrey Ballet School, will depart on October 10 on its first tour to the People’s Republic of China.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and RWB School will get more than $1.6 million in federal support, reported the Winnipeg Sun.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s tragic ballet Manon headlines the Royal Ballet’s new season at London’s Royal Opera House—40 years after the tragic story of a young girl who chooses luxury over love premiered in 1974 to considerable acclaim.
Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer at New York City Ballet, has traded in her pointe shoes for T-strap pumps for a Broadway revival of On the Town—and is working hard to get used to dancing in heels.
The Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School in Tampa, Florida, which serves homeless children, has partnered for eight years with the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts’ Patel Conservatory to provide the students—kindergartners through fifth-graders—with 30 minutes of ballet instruction each week.
To achieve grand allegro jumps such as grand jeté, tour jeté, assemblé devant, fouetté, and cabriole fouetté, students must be able to do a strong, square, and properly placed 90-degree sauté in grand battement devant with arms in high fifth position.
The Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2014–15 Season will feature seven productions, with four live performances (captured earlier the same day of the cinema broadcast from Moscow) and three pre-recorded programs.
The Canadian government’s Temporary Foreign Workers program, which allows citizens of other countries to work in Canada for specified periods of time in certain industries, is tripping up Alberta Ballet.
The following Facebook post got the English National Ballet School into hot water last January: “Fabulous to have students and staff back in school after the Xmas break. Time to work off all that Xmas food.”
Megan Naughton, the mother of four children, remembers going to Nutcracker with her grandmother, and loving it. “I so much wanted this experience to be available to my family,” says the Pittsburgh-area resident, who studied ballet through high school and still takes class (usually hip-hop) whenever she can. But until last Christmas, seeing a Nutcracker wasn’t possible for her two boys, ages 7 and 9, because they have autism. Then Naughton heard that Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre had designed a version of the holiday favorite that her boys could enjoy.
A new collection of ballet flats by footwear/accessories brand and retailer Cole Haan were designed through a multi-year partnership with New York City Ballet dancers Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, and Gretchen Smith.
The Moscow Ballet, focusing on a message of peace during its 2014 tour, will help support the efforts of an anti-bullying group from Paducah, Kentucky, by donating a portion of the proceeds from one performance of its Great Russian Nutcracker, according to WPSD Local 6 news.
Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, two of the world’s most sought-after ballet choreographers, will create a new work for Wendy Whelan’s farewell performance with New York City Ballet on October 18, the company said in the New York Times.
The ranks of professional dancers are still dominated by females, and both ballet and modern choreographers still face challenges finding a sufficient number of males when casting. But things are changing, according to the Seattle Times, and this year’s biannual Men in Dance Festival is proof.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, and Ballet Austin in Texas announced last week they are partnering to provide students and teachers of dance at both organizations expanded teaching, learning, and performance opportunities.
The Miami City Ballet is transforming under the leadership of artistic director Lourdes Lopez, who took over from founder Edward Villella two years ago, but how the changes will ultimately affect the company’s artistic profile—the way it dances, and its place in the dance world and in Miami’s cultural landscape—remains to be seen.
The new American Ballet Theatre ABT YouTube channel, under the channel name of “ABTBalletTheatre,” will offer an in-depth and candid look at the company as it covers such topics as performance rituals, perseverance, and competition.
Grand Rapids [MI] Ballet has received $1 million from the estate of philanthropist Peter M. Wege, a gift that triples the size of the company’s endowment fund.
The San Francisco Symphony is seeking 12 ballet or musical-theater dancers/actors able to create character through movement and with a strong comic sensibility for its holiday season production of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Five of the world’s leading ballet companies will stream live behind-the-scenes action from their rehearsal studios on October 1, the first-ever World Ballet Day.
The Joffrey Ballet School and Complexions Contemporary Ballet have combined forces to launch a new national competition, Élite Dance Tournament.
Michael Sharp was not only Cincinnati Ballet’s fiercest Captain Hook, he was also the funniest. When he took on the outlandish drag role of Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker, even the stagehands lined up in the wings to see what hilarity Sharp would unleash on the audience that day.
Former New York City Ballet dancer Patricia McBride, now associate artistic director at Charlotte [NC] Ballet, will be recognized by the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors for her work as a ballerina and devotion to the field of ballet.
Kathryn Morgan became severely ill in 2010 with a thyroid disorder, leaving New York City Ballet in 2012 to focus on recovering in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama.
Vancouver’s Goh Ballet has created a special daytime program to provide support for parents who require care for their children while the British Columbia, Canada, teachers’ strike drags on past last week’s scheduled opening of school.
Dancer turned historian Jennifer Homans, who wrote a sweeping history of ballet, Apollo’s Angels, is heading up a “ballet think tank” to consider how the classical art fits in today’s changing world and ask questions such as: “What is ballet going to become . . . what can it become?”
In 1967, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman documented the residents and inmates at Bridgewater [MA] State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in his film, Titicut Follies. Today, James Sewell of the Minneapolis-based Sewell Ballet is working with Wiseman on a new ballet based on that film.
The Ballet Company of East County, Brentwood, California, notified 81 children and teens that they would be performing in The Nutcracker this Christmas by posting the good news in their front yard while they were sleeping.
Cambré devant, done between barre exercises, stretches fatigued muscles. The muscles most in need of a break are the gluteus maximus. Cambré derrière is a stretch of the back, not a compression of the spine. In addition, the dancers should pull up in the leg and gluteus maximus muscles and find more turnout through the entire motion.
Miami City Ballet will hold auditions this September for area children who would like to dance in this season’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
Colorado Ballet has completed the move into its new home, a 30,000-square foot building at the north end of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe Drive, reported Broadway World.